Down East Flick Fest: A tool for aspiring and professional filmmakers to share their work, get feedback, and earn some street cred.


Picture it… writers, actors, poets, and other odd-jobbers with over 100 years of writing and media experience in a smoke-filled bodega, scotch and gin flowing like water as they engage in highfalutin banter. Well, DEFF began in more of an incense-filled tea room, with Earl Grey flowing like… well, tea.

DEFF is an initiative of a local Greenville-based communication think-tank and collaborative arts organization. The film festival, organized as a not-for-profit community organization, has been established to create opportunities for artists to audience exchanges in order to foster better communities through the creative medium of film.


Down East Flick Fest (DEFF) is dedicated to providing an annual user-friendly showcase for independent filmmakers, writers, actors and other artists. The festival’s organizers hope to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theater artists throughout North Carolina, the United States and around the world as we introduce audiences to their new work. We create opportunities to support new talent and entertain audiences throughout the year.


To enhance understanding and appreciation of new cinematic traditions as a powerful tool for communication, artistic expression and economic development.  DEFF strives diligently to present emerging genres and creative presentations of cinema to a wider and more diverse audience and at the same time bring together industry professionals, film societies, upcoming and established filmmakers, and technical experts.